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#289005 - 07/17/08 02:41 AM A fresh slant on restaurant tipping
pedro2
I don't know how similar it may be in the USA, but you may be interested in this recent report on tipping in England. Amongst other things, it is clear that when a tip is included on a credit card, there is no legal obligation to pass it on to the staff and often that doesn't happen. Interesting reading, which bears out what I've always thought.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/tipping-top-chefs-turn-up-the-heat-869750.html

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#289018 - 07/17/08 04:16 AM Re: A fresh slant on restaurant tipping [Re: ]
AdvantageRealty Offline
But the English don't tip, so what's the worry anyway?









JUST KIDDING my English friends!
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#289021 - 07/17/08 04:34 AM Re: A fresh slant on restaurant tipping [Re: AdvantageRealty]
pedro2
That's fundamentally wrong, Chris. Many English don't tip AUTOMATICALLY as they feel it totally negates the point of a tip. A mandatory or automatic tip should just be rolled into the cost of the meal. Many English tip generously when they feel it's deserved.

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#289030 - 07/17/08 09:26 AM Re: A fresh slant on restaurant tipping [Re: ]
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Tipping is a pleasure...unless its undeserved. Polite, expeditous service is reason enough for a standard tip. Particularly friendly, helpful service deserves a little something extra. Good-will will follow.
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#289045 - 07/17/08 02:13 PM Re: A fresh slant on restaurant tipping [Re: Laguna Punta]
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Fundamentally speaking.......it was stated in jest. I always tip 10% here in Belize realizing how small a salary the servers make, even for mediocre service. Just my thing, I can afford it and they sure do need it. A lot of times they are just new and haven't had proper training. 20% goes to those who make a difference when I enjoy a meal OR drinks. Just my personal belief in tipping, not that I believe others should follow this school of thought. Tipping is fun-da-mental!
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#289069 - 07/17/08 04:50 PM Re: A fresh slant on restaurant tipping [Re: AdvantageRealty]
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I rarely tip when there is a gratuity included on the check. In fact, I will often ask for that gratuity to be removed from the check out of principle. And I will then inform the management and waitstaff the amount that I would have tipped if they had not done so.

However, my standard tip for solid service is about 20% and up to 50% or 60% for excellent service.

I'm not affraid to tip, I just don't like people telling me I have to.
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#289070 - 07/17/08 04:53 PM Re: A fresh slant on restaurant tipping [Re: AdvantageRealty]
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There are several things that should be considered when leaving a tip. Let's not forget the hour(s) some of us sit to chat with friends. The server looses money on you when you just sit w/out ordering. They should be highly compensated for that.

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#289077 - 07/17/08 05:30 PM Re: A fresh slant on restaurant tipping [Re: deadserious]
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Originally Posted By: deadserious

However, my standard tip for solid service is about 20% and up to 50% or 60% for excellent service.
I'm not affraid to tip, I just don't like people telling me I have to.


DeadS - you must work(ed) in the food/bar industry, I do the same here as well. You have to take care of those who take care of you is my motto.

The thing that irritates me is the tip jar on the counter for counter service establishments like a deli. I know for a fact that those kids make more than the traditional server wage (half the minimum wage here) and to put that jar tells me nothing. I always thought tips stood for To Insure Prompt Service.
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#289079 - 07/17/08 05:33 PM Re: A fresh slant on restaurant tipping [Re: carbunkletrumpet]
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To Insure the Prevention of Saliva
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#289080 - 07/17/08 05:33 PM Re: A fresh slant on restaurant tipping [Re: deadserious]
travelqueen Offline
Originally Posted By: deadserious
I will often ask for that gratuity to be removed from the check out of principle. And I will then inform the management and waitstaff the amount that I would have tipped if they had not done so.

I hear ya. But, as a former waitress, it's a gamble and it's better to be safe with a guaranteed tip than to roll the dice (that is assuming excellent service has been given).

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